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  1. Creative Spaces: Equity in Action at the Library

    By: Kait McNamee, Library Specialist, Arapahoe Library District I first met *Ana on a late weeknight shift. She had come to the library for books but saw me moving equipment out of our recording studio. She asked about the studios and within a few minutes ...

    AHAYES - 07/12/2019 - 07:00 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  2. Read for Later- "Income inequality is at the bottom of this. We need to target and attack [it] aggressively."

    This week’s headline quotes Dr. Jesus Ramirez-Valles, director of the Health Equity Institute at San Francisco State University, responding to new research that points to substantial declines in the self-reported health of Americans in the lowest income g ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/08/2019 - 15:34 - Professional Tools

  3. Beep Beep: Creating Objective Criteria for Choosing Bookmobile Stops

      By: Cynthia Kiyotake (ckiyotake@ald.lib.co.us), Library Operations Manager and Richard Lyda, (rlyda@ald.lib.co.us) Mobile Library Services Supervisor, Arapahoe Libraries Providing equitable access to information is a critical responsibility of all publi ...

    AHAYES - 07/05/2019 - 08:01 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  4. Read for Later- “This is the next wave of climate denial — denying the costs that we’re all facing.”

    This week’s headline quotes Richard Wiles, executive director of the environmental advocacy group the Center for Climate Integrity, whose new report estimates the need for at least $42 billion by 2040 to provide basic storm-surge protection in the form of ...

    MFIGUEROA - 07/01/2019 - 19:45 - Professional Tools

  5. Unexpected Partnerships Leading to Outreach Success

    By: Cearra Harris, Teen Services Specialist/Spectrum Scholar 2018-2019, ImaginOn Library (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library) When the YMCA reached out to me to host a program on social justice for their annual Teen Summit I was initially hesitant. My hesitanc ...

    AHAYES - 06/27/2019 - 08:00 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  6. Read for Later- “People at the local level in many places don’t feel that their life is improving, given the work they’re putting in and the investment they’re putting in.”

    This week’s headline quotes Andre M. Perry, a fellow at the Brookings Institution who researches race and structural inequality, on the changing focus in cities from downtown redevelopment to neighborhood investments to address growing income disparities ...

    MFIGUEROA - 06/25/2019 - 20:19 - Professional Tools

  7. Public Charge and Its Potential Impact on Library Services

    By: Maggie Shawcross, Adult Services Librarian, High Plains Library District A few months back I was approached by a patron. She asked me if I knew about public charge and its implication to those who were seeking residency status or citizenship. She was ...

    AHAYES - 06/21/2019 - 09:03 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  8. Read for Later- “The level of information pollution that could happen with systems like this a few years from now could just get bizarre.”

    This week’s headline quotes Alec Radford, a researcher at OpenAI, arguing that new artificial intelligence technologies could help governments, companies, and other organizations spread disinformation far more efficiently (The New York Times “How A.I. cou ...

    MFIGUEROA - 06/18/2019 - 00:56 - Professional Tools

  9. Building Bridges: Creating Success Before the First Year

      By: April Sheppard, Assistant Library Director, Arkansas State University Working in an academic library, one quickly learns the impact that library use can have on first-year student success. Not only do we get immediate feedback in the thanks we recei ...

    AHAYES - 06/13/2019 - 09:00 - Advocacy, Legislation & Issues

  10. Read for Later- “Having less information about where you live and the people you live with…I can’t think that’s a good thing.”

    This week’s headline quotes Dennis Deninger, professor of practice at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, on the demise of another information and cultural resource in small and rural communities: not the local newspaper, but t ...

    MFIGUEROA - 06/10/2019 - 21:05 - Professional Tools